The Best Football Players Ever

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List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
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  1. 1
    + 9,955
    - 3,937

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Wide receiver

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  2. 2
    + 8,505
    - 3,640


    Quarterback

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  3. 3
    + 8,275
    - 3,182


    Running back

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  4. 4
    + 8,074
    - 2,717


    Running back

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  5. 5
    + 6,037
    - 2,830


    Linebacker

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  6. 6
    + 5,435
    - 2,761


    Running back, Fullback

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  7. 7
    + 6,571
    - 4,770

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  8. 8
    + 4,577
    - 2,143


    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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  9. 9
    + 5,457
    - 2,247

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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  10. 10
    + 7,176
    - 4,865

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  11. 11
    + 4,539
    - 2,077

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  12. 12
    + 4,376
    - 2,507


    Quarterback

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  13. 13
    + 4,445
    - 2,168


    Quarterback

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  14. 14
    + 4,570
    - 2,370


    Linebacker

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  15. 15
    + 4,276
    - 2,064


    Quarterback

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  16. 16
    + 3,958
    - 1,762


    Wide receiver

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  17. 17
    + 4,277
    - 1,116

    ranked low on reranks
    Running back

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  18. 18
    + 3,411
    - 1,709


    Linebacker, Center

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  19. 19
    + 3,452
    - 1,372


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  20. 20
    + 3,297
    - 1,405


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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  21. 21
    + 2,992
    - 1,800

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  22. 22
    + 3,395
    - 1,566


    Quarterback

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  23. 23
    + 2,488
    - 1,309


    Running back

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  24. 24
    + 3,279
    - 1,292


    Defensive end

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  25. 25
    + 2,599
    - 1,211


    Running back

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  26. 26
    + 2,483
    - 1,041


    Wide receiver

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  27. 27
    + 2,933
    - 1,570


    Running back

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  28. 28
    + 2,341
    - 1,507


    Tight end

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  29. 29
    + 1,926
    - 1,156


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  30. 30
    + 2,374
    - 1,384


    Quarterback

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  31. 31
    + 2,024
    - 1,203


    Linebacker

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  32. 32
    + 1,699
    - 663

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  33. 33
    + 1,990
    - 1,003

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Running back

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  34. 34
    + 1,729
    - 563

    ranked low on reranks
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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  35. 35
    + 1,884
    - 1,084


    Quarterback

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  36. 36
    + 1,718
    - 658

    ranked low on reranks
    Wide receiver

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  37. 37
    + 2,397
    - 1,240


    Quarterback

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  38. 38
    + 2,002
    - 1,063


    Running back

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  39. 39
    + 2,057
    - 1,134


    Quarterback

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  40. 40
    + 1,787
    - 890


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  41. 41
    + 1,623
    - 1,011

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  42. 42
    + 1,649
    - 922


    Free Safety

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  43. 43
    + 1,771
    - 1,118


    Running back, Return specialist

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  44. 44
    + 1,220
    - 451

    ranked low on reranks & added by coolmiles
    Tight end

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  45. 45
    + 1,633
    - 715

    ranked low on reranks
    Strong Safety

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  46. 46
    + 1,975
    - 1,250

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  47. 47
    + 1,777
    - 1,231

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Quarterback

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  48. 48
    + 2,091
    - 1,100


    Quarterback

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  49. 49
    + 1,371
    - 645

    ranked low on reranks
    Defensive end

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  50. 50
    + 1,347
    - 920


    Cornerback

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